Revelations printed in Evening and Morning Star, January 1835–June 1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 106
image
Behold I the Lord in the beginning, blessed  the waters, but in the last days by the mouth  of my servant John, I cursed the waters:  wherefore, the days will come that no flesh  shall be safe upon the waters, and it shall be  said in days to come, that none is able to go  up to the land of , upon the waters, but  he that is upright in heart. And, as I the  Lord in the begininng cursed the land, even  so in the last days have I blessed it, in its  time, for the use of my saints, that they may  partake the fatness thereof. And now I give  unto you a , and what I say  unto one I say unto all, that you shall fore warn your brethren concerning these waters,  that they come not in journeying upon them,  lest their faith fail and they are caught in her  snares: I the Lord have decreed, and the de stroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I re voke not the decree: I the Lord was angry  with you yesterday, but to-day mine anger is  turned away. Wherefore let those concern ing whom I have spoken, that should take  their journey in haste, again I say unto you,  let them take their journey in haste, and it  mattereth not to me, after a little, if it so  be that they fill their mission, whether they  go by water or by land: let this be as it is  made known unto them according to their  judgments, hereafter.
And now, concerning my servants , and Joseph Smith, jr. and , let them come not again upon the  waters, save it be upon the canal, while jour neying unto their homes, or in other words,  they shall not come upon the waters to jour ney, save upon the canal. Behold I the Lord  have appointed a way for the journeying of  my saints, and behold this is the way: that  after they leave the canal, they shall journey  by land, inasmuch as they are commanded to  journey and go up unto the land of Zion; and  they shall do like unto the children of Israel,  pitching their tents by the way.
And behold this commandment you shall  give unto all your brethren: nevertheless unto  whom it is given power to command the wa ters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to  know all his ways: wherefore let him do as  the Spirit of the living God commandeth him,  whether upon the land or upon the waters,  as it remaineth with me to do hereafter; and  unto you it is given the course for the saints,  or the way for the saints of the camp of the  Lord, to journey. And again, verily I say  unto you, my servants , and  Joseph Smith, jr. and , shall  not open their mouths in the congregations  of the wicked, until they arrive at ;  and in that place they shall lift up their voi ces unto God against that people: yea, unto  him whose anger is kindled against their  wickedness; a people who is well nigh ripen ed for destruction; and from thence let them  journey for the congregations of their breth ren, for their labors, even now, are wanted  more abundantly among them, than among  the congregations of the wicked.
And now concerning the residue, let them  journey and declare the word among the con gregations of the wicked, inasmuch as it is  given, and inasmuch as they do this they  shall rid their garments, and they shall be  spotless before me; and let them journey to gether, or two by two, as seemeth them good,  only let my servant , and  my servant , with whom I  am well pleased, be not separated until they  return to their homes, and this for a wise  purpose in me. And now verily I say unto  you, and what I say unto one I say unto all,  be of good cheer little children, for I am in  your midst, and I have not forsaken you, and  inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves  before me, the blessings of the kingdom are  yours. Gird up your loins and be watchful,  and be sober, looking forth for the coming of  the Son of man, for he cometh in an hour you  think not. Pray always that you enter not  into temptation, that you may abide the day  of his coming, whether in life or in death;  even so. Amen.
Revelation, 4 December 1831–A, B, C [D&C 72]
Revelation given December, 1831.
Hearken and listen to the voice of the Lord,  O ye who have assembled yourselves togeth er, who are the of my church, to  whom the kingdom and power has been giv en. For verily thus saith the Lord, it is ex pedient in me, for a to be appointed  unto you, or of you unto the church in this  part of the Lord’s vineyard: and verily in this  thing ye have done wisely, for it is required  of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to  render an account of his , both in  time and in eternity. For he who is faithful  and wise in time, is accounted worthy to in herit the mansions prepared for them of my  Father. Verily I say unto you, the elders of  the church in this part of my vineyard, shall  render an account of their stewardship, unto  the bishop which shall be appointed of me, in  this part of my vineyard. These things shall  be had on record to be handed over unto the  bishop in ; and the duty of the bishop  shall be made known by the  which have been given, and the voice of the  .
And now, verily I say unto you, my ser vant is the man who shall  be appointed, and unto this power:  this is the will of the Lord your God, your  Redeemer; even so. Amen.
The word of the Lord, in addition to the  law which has been given, making known  the duty of the bishop, which has been or dained unto the church in this part of the  vineyard; which is verily this: to keep the  Lord’s ; to receive the funds of the  church in this part of the vineyard; to take  an account of the as before has been  commanded, and to administer to their wants,  who shall pay for that which they receive,  inasmuch as they have wherewith to pay;  that this also may be to the good  of the church, to the poor and needy: and he  who hath not wherewith to pay, an account  shall be taken and handed over to the bishop  in Zion, who shall pay the debt out of that  which the Lord shall put into his hands: and  the labors of the faithful who labor in spirit ual things, in administering the gospel and  the things of the kingdom, unto the church,  and unto the world, shall answer the debt un to the bishop in Zion: thus it cometh out of  the church, for according to the law every  man that cometh up to Zion, must lay all  things before the bishop in Zion.
And now, verily I say unto you, that as  every elder in this part of the vineyard, must  give an account of his stewardship unto the  bishop in this part of the vineyard, a certifi [p. 106]
Behold I the Lord in the beginning, blessed the waters, but in the last days by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters: wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters, and it shall be said in days to come, that none is able to go up to the land of , upon the waters, but he that is upright in heart. And, as I the Lord in the begininng cursed the land, even so in the last days have I blessed it, in its time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness thereof. And now I give unto you a , and what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fail and they are caught in her snares: I the Lord have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree: I the Lord was angry with you yesterday, but to-day mine anger is turned away. Wherefore let those concerning whom I have spoken, that should take their journey in haste, again I say unto you, let them take their journey in haste, and it mattereth not to me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, whether they go by water or by land: let this be as it is made known unto them according to their judgments, hereafter.
And now, concerning my servants , and Joseph Smith, jr. and , let them come not again upon the waters, save it be upon the canal, while journeying unto their homes, or in other words, they shall not come upon the waters to journey, save upon the canal. Behold I the Lord have appointed a way for the journeying of my saints, and behold this is the way: that after they leave the canal, they shall journey by land, inasmuch as they are commanded to journey and go up unto the land of Zion; and they shall do like unto the children of Israel, pitching their tents by the way.
And behold this commandment you shall give unto all your brethren: nevertheless unto whom it is given power to command the waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his ways: wherefore let him do as the Spirit of the living God commandeth him, whether upon the land or upon the waters, as it remaineth with me to do hereafter; and unto you it is given the course for the saints, or the way for the saints of the camp of the Lord, to journey. And again, verily I say unto you, my servants , and Joseph Smith, jr. and , shall not open their mouths in the congregations of the wicked, until they arrive at ; and in that place they shall lift up their voices unto God against that people: yea, unto him whose anger is kindled against their wickedness; a people who is well nigh ripened for destruction; and from thence let them journey for the congregations of their brethren, for their labors, even now, are wanted more abundantly among them, than among the congregations of the wicked.
And now concerning the residue, let them journey and declare the word among the congregations of the wicked, inasmuch as it is given, and inasmuch as they do this they shall rid their garments, and they shall be spotless before me; and let them journey together, or two by two, as seemeth them good, only let my servant , and my servant , with whom I am well pleased, be not separated until they return to their homes, and this for a wise purpose in me. And now verily I say unto you, and what I say unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer little children, for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you, and inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours. Gird up your loins and be watchful, and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the Son of man, for he cometh in an hour you think not. Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or in death; even so. Amen.
Revelation, 4 December 1831–A, B, C [D&C 72]
Revelation given December, 1831.
Hearken and listen to the voice of the Lord, O ye who have assembled yourselves together, who are the of my church, to whom the kingdom and power has been given. For verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient in me, for a to be appointed unto you, or of you unto the church in this part of the Lord’s vineyard: and verily in this thing ye have done wisely, for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his , both in time and in eternity. For he who is faithful and wise in time, is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for them of my Father. Verily I say unto you, the elders of the church in this part of my vineyard, shall render an account of their stewardship, unto the bishop which shall be appointed of me, in this part of my vineyard. These things shall be had on record to be handed over unto the bishop in ; and the duty of the bishop shall be made known by the which have been given, and the voice of the .
And now, verily I say unto you, my servant is the man who shall be appointed, and unto this power: this is the will of the Lord your God, your Redeemer; even so. Amen.
The word of the Lord, in addition to the law which has been given, making known the duty of the bishop, which has been ordained unto the church in this part of the vineyard; which is verily this: to keep the Lord’s ; to receive the funds of the church in this part of the vineyard; to take an account of the as before has been commanded, and to administer to their wants, who shall pay for that which they receive, inasmuch as they have wherewith to pay; that this also may be to the good of the church, to the poor and needy: and he who hath not wherewith to pay, an account shall be taken and handed over to the bishop in Zion, who shall pay the debt out of that which the Lord shall put into his hands: and the labors of the faithful who labor in spiritual things, in administering the gospel and the things of the kingdom, unto the church, and unto the world, shall answer the debt unto the bishop in Zion: thus it cometh out of the church, for according to the law every man that cometh up to Zion, must lay all things before the bishop in Zion.
And now, verily I say unto you, that as every elder in this part of the vineyard, must give an account of his stewardship unto the bishop in this part of the vineyard, a certifi [p. 106]
Page 106